Yesterday the software key that unlocks the copyright protection on Blu-ray and HD-DVD appeared on several websites but, this started earlier. First off the key was originally posted on the Doom9 forum and picked up by the blog Pwned on Feb 13, 2007. Soon afterwards there was a take down letter received by Cory Doctrow. Down came the key.

Doctorow is not the first blogger to receive a legal order from the AACS-LA. Several other blogs have been ordered to remove references to the key as well as links to a forum where it was first disclosed.

The AACS-LA has even issued legal threats against Google.

The crack first surfaced in mid-February on a Doom 9 forum. In an act of defiance, numerous bloggers have posted the key on their websites or linked to the website detailing the original crack.

It is interesting to watch the DRM work on this issue. The harder that you squeeze people the more that slip through their fingers. The crowning moment came yesterday when the users of overran the site. This happened when Digg attempted to comply with their own take down notice. Every posting that was taken down by the site was met with 10 more…and it continued to spiral. Finally, Digg caved under the pressure of the user community.

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying

We wish them all the best in their coming fight.

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[tags]Digg, DRM, AACS, Oppression, Censorship, HD-DVD, HD DVD Crack[/tags]

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